How To: Mockingjay Glitter Tattoos

The Hunger Games movie is just 10 days away! It's so close, I can hardly stand it.

I have been playing around with different ideas of fun things I could do for The Hunger Games, and came up with this idea:

The stencils take a little bit of time to cut out, but they look SO cool that it's worth it! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make them.

Items needed

Templates (download below)
Contact paper
X-Acto/precision knife
Eyelash glue - or something similar that won't harm your skin
Optional: Cheap makeup or painting brushes; one small, and one large (I got mine as a trio set for $2.50 in the makeup section at Walmart)


These photos above are from my first attempt, during which I took horrible pictures. The photos below are from the second attempt, where my son participated, and the pictures turned out much better. :)

Print the template out on regular printer paper. It's a very light grey to save you ink. ;) Pick your design, and tape it to a small square of contact paper.
Cut it out carefully. It's easiest to begin with the arrow, and the move on to the smallest parts of the Mockingjay.

Tip #1: 
If you don't want a floating piece that you'll have to stick on later, keep the entire piece in between the beak and tail feathers (see red arrow above).

Peel the backing off the contact paper, and stick it wherever you want your glitter tattoo to go.
 "Paint" in the open areas with eyelash glue. You don't need a thick layer.
After you have covered everything, peel the contact paper off, and wait for 5-10 seconds, or until the glue looks clear.

Once it has turned clear, brush the glitter over the glue. If you don't have a brush, you can just shake some glitter on, or use your fingers. This part can get messy, so it's best done over a trash can (or over a blanket like I did, if you want semi-decent photos).

Tip #2: 
If you want multiple colors, make sure you work from the bottom up, to prevent the wrong color from falling and getting stuck on the glue below. 
Tip #3: 
If you use a brush, you can dip it in lots of different colors of glitter, and they won't mix. Don't ask me why, because I don't know the answer, but it's tried-and-true.

Once the glitter is covering everything, take the big brush and wipe the extra glitter off. Using a brush works wonders in getting the extra glitter off. If you don't have a brush to spare, though, you can use q-tips, or you can just wipe and shake your arm off.

At this point, if you followed my advice and left that middle piece intact, this is where you would just paint a thin line between the beak and tail feathers to connect the arrow, and cover it with more glitter. I didn't get a photo of this because I messed up while cutting it out the second time, and had to use a floating piece--which I think is harder than just painting a line.

There you have it! Mockingjay glitter tattoos that you can make any way you'd like.

Ready to make your own? Great!
Click here to get the Mockingjay glitter tattoo templates.

P.S. Like the "bursting" Mockingjay tattoo pictured in the first photo? 
Just use the inside cutout that you have left over from following from the tutorial above. Stick it on and paint using random brush strokes around the Mockingjay. Add glitter, and you're all set! :)


  1. Genius! I wouldn't be surprised if everyone had these at the theater!

    1. Thank you! :) I hope to see them around. It would make me so excited!

  2. AHHHHHHHHHH these are so awesome!!! Gotta give it a shot myself :-) Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  3. That is so cool! I'm currently planning a HG Party and I think you just gave me the perfect idea of what to do before the movie!


  4. SO COOL! I'm definitely planning on doing this for the premier. :D

  5. I am totally doing this!! Thanks!!

  6. I saw you posted these on Pinterest earlier and they are SO COOL. It really makes me wish I had book-obsessed friends in real life so I could make them do things like this with me, haha.

    1. Lol. One of these days, you're going to find out there's a book blogger really close to you...one of these days. :)

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    1. Glad you like them! I've been having fun putting them on anything that moves. Hahaha. :)

  8. Thanks for showing how you did this! They both look great. I can't decide which one I'll go with. :)

  9. Can the stencil be re-used? And how long does it last using eyelash glue?


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